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Tuesday 31 May
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31 May
UK Time: 02:54 BST
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20°C (68°F)
6mph (9kmh)
  • Sunrise 06:56
  • Sunset 20:47
  • Moonrise 02:44
  • Moonset 14:49
Temp feels like: 20°C (68°F)
Length of Day: 10h 19m
Humidity: 64%
Dew Point: 14°C (57°F)
Pressure: 30.09" (1019 hpa)
Visiblity: 6 miles (10 km)
Average for May 20°C (68°F)
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Historic Temperatures for 31st May in Playa blanca

Average High 24°C (75°F)
Record High 27°C (81°F) (1997)
Average Low 17°C (63°F)
Record Low 15°C (59°F) (1999)

Weather Overview for Playa blanca

Playa Blanca is a small resort located on the southern tip of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. The island’s easterly location, close to Morocco in North Africa, and its low-lying topography make it the hottest and driest of all the Canary Islands. But despite the resort’s close proximity to North Africa, Playa Blanca enjoy much cooler temperatures than the nearby Sahara Desert. This is because the Canary Islands are located within the Gulf Stream, where the north easterly trade winds and Canary current keep the islands’ temperatures mild all-year-round.

Soak up the sun on the beach at Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Soak up the sun on the beach at Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by Jonny

There are two mountain ranges within Lanzarote which cause some regional variation in temperature and rainfall. These mountains block most of the northeast trade winds, making the south of the island slightly drier and hotter than the north.

Playa Blanca, which literally translates into ‘White Beach’, was named after the 9km-long sandy bay that separates it from the sea and is broken into three beaches – Playa Dorada, Playa Blanca and Playa Flamingo. Back from the beaches, you’ll find a typical Canarian tourist resort, with a long promenade lined with hotels, apartment complexes, bars, restaurants and shops.

Playa Blanca enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate, with hot-to-warm temperatures and very little rainfall throughout the year. The year can be split into two seasons: a hot, dry summer and a cooler, slightly wetter winter. However, temperatures do not differ by much at all and true beach-lounging weather exists year-round.

In Playa Blanca, temperatures typically range from lows of 14°C up to highs of 28°C, very rarely dropping below 12°C or rising over 35°C. The rainfall for the year is a meagre 142mm which falls on an average of 41 days, whilst the sun shines for more 300 days of the year, making Playa Blanca a great place to enjoy some winter sun.

Stay in luxurious accommodation like the Princesa Yaiza Suit Hotel in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Stay in luxurious accommodation like the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel


Summer – usually classed as April to October – is the hottest time to visit Playa Blanca. During this season, the average temperature is 22°C, which peaks at 25°C in August (the hottest month of the year) and is at its lowest at 19°C in April. Between these months, average highs during the hottest part of the day range from 23°C up to 28°C, whilst average lows in the coldest part of the night range between 16°C and 22°C. The small drop in temperature between the daytime and evening temperatures can often feel exaggerated if there’s a cool breeze coming in off the sea, but instead of feeling cold, it’s usually a welcome change from the high temperatures of the daytime.

The hottest temperature ever recorded in Lanzarote is 43.6°C which was registered at Lanzarote Airport on August 6th 1980.

Although calimas can occur at any time of year, they’re at they’re most severe when they happen in summer. When a calima occurs, it’s not uncommon for temperatures to soar up to the 40s, whilst visibility seriously reduces down to less than 100m and people with respiratory conditions can struggle to breathe. A calima occurs when trade winds – which normally blow across the Canary Islands in a north easterly direction – blow in directly from the east, crossing over the Sahara Desert first. When the winds come in from this direction, they bring with them high temperatures from Northern Africa and a mixture of dust and sand which hangs around in the air and causes the reduced visibility.

Even though calimas are usually predicted a few days in advance, it’s really tricky to know how long they’ll last. Whilst most calimas only go on for three or four days, they can last as long as two weeks. The best way of keeping cool during a calima is to seek shelter indoors somewhere where there is air-conditioning or head to the coast – the sea breeze usually makes the stifling conditions a bit more bearable. Fortunately, since Playa Blanca is on the coast, you’ll be in one of the best places in Lanzarote if a calima does hit.

Summer is the driest season for Playa Blanca, when the resort sees next to no rainfall. April is the wettest month of the season, when 16mm falls over four days. At the other end of the scale, June and August are the driest months, when 0mm and 1mm of precipitation falls on average, respectively. When rain occurs in Playa Blanca during this season, it’s usually in the form of very short downpours which rarely last for more than 30 minutes each.  

With an average of ten hours of sunshine each day, you’ll have plenty of chances to work on your tan during your summer holiday in Playa Blanca. April, May, June and July are the sunniest months, when the sun shines for 11 hours each day. Because of the low humidity and the not-quite-scorching temperatures, it’s easy to underestimate the strength of the sun. Heatstroke and sun burn are both easy to succumb to if you visit Playa Blanca in summer, so make sure you drink plenty of water and slap on the suntan lotion in order to avoid them. It’s also wise to stay out of the sunshine during the hottest part of the day – between 11am and 3pm.

Whilst most holiday islands in Europe are surrounded by the warm Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands are surrounded by the cold Atlantic Sea, so the average sea temperature is always cooler in comparison. The sea temperature in the waters lining Playa Blanca begin at a cool 19°C in autumn and warm up to a pleasant 22°C by August. Whilst some people visiting the resort in April and May might find it a bit too cold to go swimming, by June, the sea is usually warm enough for everyone to go swimming.

Admire the traditional Canarian fishing boats out to sea in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands‚Äč

Admire the traditional Canarian fishing boats out to sea in Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Canary Islands taken by mrholle


Winter – usually classed as November to March – in Playa Blanca is comparatively mild, compared to most of Europe. At this time of year, the average temperature for the resort is 18°C, peaking at 20°C in November and hitting an all-time low of 17°C in January and February – the resort’s coldest months. During this season, the average highs during the warmest part of the daytime range between 24°C and 21°C, whilst the average lows in the coldest part of the night range between 18°C and 15°C.

Due to the island’s low humidity and the breeze which regularly blows in off the coast, the evenings can feel very chilly in Playa Blanca in winter. With this in mind, remember to pack a light coat or jacket to keep you warm when you go out on a night.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Lanzarote is 8°C, which was registered at Lanzarote Airport on January 10th 1974.

Compared to the summer season, winter in Playa Blanca is very wet. However, when you compare winter in the resort to the rest of Europe, Playa Blanca is practically bone dry! December is the wettest month of the season, when an average of 33mm of rain falls over the course of eight days. February is the second wettest month with 20mm over five days, January and November are joint third with 16mm apiece and March is the driest month with 11mm over four wet days.

When rain falls in Playa Blanca in winter, it’s usually in the form of heavy, short downpours which rarely last for more than a couple of hours. When a storm is about to occur, the sky will usually have been overcast with dark grey clouds for a couple of hours beforehand. But fortunately, these clouds clear up minutes after the rain stops and the sun shines through again. Despite Playa Blanca being affected by rainstorms each year, the resort is totally unprepared for this kind of weather and flash flooding is a real problem. Fortunately, any flooding is usually brief as the sunshine which follows almost always dries up the rain in just hours.

The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Playa Blanca is 127.3mm which was registered during November 2014 at Lanzarote Airport. However, the maximum rainfall ever recorded in a single day is 17.5mm, which was recorded at the same location on January 25th 1980, whilst the maximum number of wet days the resort has ever seen in a single month is 19, which was registered across January 1996.

Despite the increase in precipitation, Playa Blanca still enjoys a lot of sunshine during winter. At this time of year, the sun shines for an average of 8.6 hours each day, giving you plenty of time to soak up the winter sun. Although it’s likely you’ll have to endure the odd cloudy spell during your winter holiday in Playa Blanca, it’s very rare that you’ll have an entirely overcast day – the sun will always break through for a few hours each day, at least.

Since the Canary Islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Sea, the average sea temperature is sometimes too cold for swimming during the coldest winter months. In November and December, the average sea temperature is 21°C and 20°C, which is usually regarded as pleasantly warm enough for swimming. However, between January and March, the average sea temperature drops down to 19°C-18°C, which is generally considered too cold for swimming. Fortunately, most hotels will warm their outdoor swimming pools in winter or provide heated indoor swimming pools so you can still enjoy a dip, no matter how cold the sea is.

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